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Meaning of this Gurbani shabad!

Posted by jujhar.singh 
[www.sikhitothemax.org]

what does brahmin and cow mean here ? are they metaphors ?

bRhmx kYlI Gwqu kM\kw AxcwrI kw Dwnu ]
brahaman kailee ghaat ka(n)n(j)kaa anachaaree kaa dhaan ||
The four Hindu cardinal sins of murdering a Brahmin, a cow, a female infant, and acceptance of the offerings of an evil person,

iPtk iPtkw koVu bdIAw sdw sdw AiBmwnu ]
fiTak fiTakaa koR badheeaa sadhaa sadhaa abhimaan ||
cursed by the world and diseased by leprosy; he is forever and ever filled with egotistical pride.

pwih eyqy jwih vIsir nwnkw ieku nwmu ]
paeh ete jaeh veesar naanakaa ik naam ||
One who forgets the Naam, O Nanak, is covered by these sins.

sB buDI jwlIAih ieku rhY qqu igAwnu ]4]
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There is no symbolism here. The meaning is straight forward . According to Hindumat killing a brahmin, killing a cow, accepting food from a low caste person is a grave sin resulting with the worse kind of punishments. But those who dont take shelter in Gurmat and forget Naam are always in sin.
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Suthra Singh Wrote:
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> There is no symbolism here. The meaning is
> straight forward . According to Hindumat killing a
> brahmin, killing a cow, accepting food from a low
> caste person is a grave sin resulting with the
> worse kind of punishments. But those who dont
> take shelter in Gurmat and forget Naam are always
> in sin.

'hindumat' is only mentioned in english translation.
InGurmukhi, there is no mention of hindu mat.
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Yogmat, jainmat, budhmat, hindumat etc all fall under the same category which is manmat. This specific pangti was referring to dharma of the Hindus so I decided to say hindumat instead of gurmat.
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